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July 25, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized to anyone who might have been offended by a comedian's racist and off-color stand-up routine at a luncheon and said it will be "reviewed. " About 600 to 700 people, many in uniforms, attended the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, where comedian Edwin San Juan delivered a 30-minute performance that was filled with sexually explicit and racist humor, people in attendance said. "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
October 2, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Antoine Ashley, better known as the drag queen Sahara Davenport who competed on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," has died at age 27. " Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport," the Logo network posted Tuesday on its Facebook page. "He was an amazing artist and entertainer who'll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.
July 17, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here. " "I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change. " "Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can have my apartment," Alessandra said. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. Although Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and its entire center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, both of us worried that it had become tourist hell.
July 12, 2013 | By Paul Goff
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
April 26, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - A Marine sergeant who criticized President Obama on Facebook was notified Wednesday that he is being dismissed from the service with an other-than-honorable discharge. Gary Stein, 26, a nine-year veteran who served in Iraq, will be demoted to lance corporal, and his discharge status will make him ineligible for most federal veterans benefits, after Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo accepted the unanimous recommendation of an Administrative Separation Board. The panel found that he made disparaging comments about Obama that were detrimental to good order and discipline and violated military law. Civilian lawyers for Stein said they would continue to fight in federal court to prevent Stein from being dismissed or to win his reinstatement.
April 26, 2012 | By Michael McGough
I'm pretty close to being a 1st Amendment absolutist, but I can't get too upset about the dismissal from the U.S. Marines of Gary Stein. He's the sergeant who is being given an "other-than-honorable" discharge for Facebook postings in which he called President Obama a coward and an enemy, vowed not to salute him, declared he wouldn't follow presidential orders he considered illegal, and urged the president's electoral defeat. The American Civil Liberties Union is defending Stein.
December 13, 2011 | By Richard Winton and Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
A music executive critically wounded by a gunman who opened fire Friday in Hollywood died Monday, Los Angeles police said. John C. Atterberry, 40, of Hollywood Hills was driving near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street when he was shot three times in the face and neck by the gunman, later identified by authorities as Tyler Brehm, 26, of Los Angeles. Brehm repeatedly fired a .40-caliber handgun at motorists, police said. Atterberry's silver Mercedes-Benz coupe was one of several cars Brehm shot at from close range.
March 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
February 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
July 20, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she'd been wounded in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting shortly after midnight Thursday; her friends who'd accompanied her to “The Dark Knight Rises” told them as much. But it took nearly 20 hours after the gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others to get the awful news. Late Friday, they learned that Cayla, as they called her, was one of 10 people who died in the movie theater.
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